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Friday 29 August 2014

Campaign to secure BMX track 'gathering momentum'

Nicola Donnelly

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:32

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Brian Gillen, Ken Doyle, Declan McCool and Patrick Bradley at a meeting with the United Left Alliance last week in The Lord Mayor’s pub regarding the proposed BMX track.

PROGRESS for a BMX track in Swords is being made with a committee now formed and affiliations made with Swords Cycling Club, BMX Ireland and Cycling Ireland.

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PROGRESS for a BMX track in Swords is being made with a committee now formed and affiliations made with Swords Cycling Club, BMX Ireland and Cycling Ireland.

The committee has also written to Fingal County Council to request a meeting in relation to talks about what land may be available within the Swords area to build the BMX track on.

'We now have the key people in place and now we are waiting to sit down with the council to show them where we are at,' said Ken Doyle of The United Left Alliance.

'It is all going positive and there has been a great reaction among residents and the young people in Swords to have such a facility built,' he added.

'It's all gathering momentum and the support is amazing.'

The initial concept for a BMX track came about when Swords teenagers Brian Gillen (16) and his friends, all who participate in the sport nationally, wanted a BMX track built in the locality.

Brian is ranked No 3 in Ireland in the National BMX championships and his friend Patrick Bradley (17) is ranked No 1 in the country.

The lads recently held a meeting with Ken Doyle and Declan McCool of The United Left Alliance, who are supporting the track.

'The next stage, once land can be identified to be used, is the fundraising aspect,' explained Ken.

'And with the success the community recently had with building the playgrounds at Thornlea and Swords Manor, we don't see why the community cannot back this project too,' added Ken.

Brian and Patrick have to travel to Ratoath in Co Meath each week to use the successful BMX facility there but they want one nearer home and one to facilitate the huge teenage population Swords has.

The Ratoath track's success is down to a group of parents who drove the project.

"Swords has a huge youth population, probably one of the biggest youth populations in the country and a BMX track would be hugely beneficial,' Brian recently told the Fingal Independent.

He said children as young as two years of age use the BMX track in Ratoath on Strider bikes until they are ready to cycle proper two-wheel BMX bikes.

He also said that Noah Masterson, who is just five years old and lives in Swords, is ranked No 1 in his age group in Ireland.

'This just shows that the track and the sport is for all ages,' said Brian.

'We have some of the top BMX riders in the country in Swords and we really do want to build our own BMX track.'

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